Denver, CO asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Can I get reimbursed or sue for adopting a sick dog?

I adopted a dog 3 weeks ago from a shelter. The shelter advertises that the dogs are dewormed and up-to-date on the bordetella vaccination I heard a horror story from a neighbor that they bought a dog from there and he was sick. So we took our dog to the local vet to make sure he was in good health she told us that he has heartworm and hookworm and he is not up to date on the bordetella vaccination now seeing as the shelter lied to us are we able to sue them or get reimbursement of any kind for having to deal with this emotionally and financially?

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Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Probably not; it would depend on whether they purposely lied and would also depend on the adoption contract. As with any sale, pets are usually sold/adopted as is. Even if you could sue, your damages would be limited to what toy paid for treatment, and you'd need a vet to testify it was necessary. So it would not be worth it most likely.

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